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Circle of 100 - Platinum

Celita Schutz

Three-Time Olympian
Fair Lawn, NJ 

 Celita began training at a young age Kokushi Dojo, in Westwood, NJ.

She became nationally ranked at age 14 and internationally ranked at age 16.

She is a three-time Olympian who served as Captain of the 1996 
US Olympic Women's Judo Team; she also won six national championships and was two-times the US Olympic Committees Athlete of the Year for Judo. Besides her financial contributions to USA Judo, Celita currently gives back to the sport through operating her own dojo Kokushi Kai Academy in Fair Lawn, New Jersey as well as coaching members of the Visually Impaired team for the US. 

Noboru SaitoOlympic Referee
Clawson, MI

Mr. Noboru Saito is a 7th Degree Blackbelt who served as a referee at the 2004 Olympic Games and in two World Championships. As head Sensei at Saito Dojo, he is a lifelong supporter of judo who is well known for his constant work fund raising for judo related programs and athletes on the local, state and national level. He currently serves on the USA Judo Board of Directors as well as on the Audit Committee for USA Judo while continuing to work at the state level as President of Michigan Judo Development Association.


Dorrie LeForce
Dallas, TX

Dorrie LeForce is the spouse of the President of Texas Judo; Jeffrey LeForce.  A Vanderbuilt graduate, she serves as a Director at Baylor Health Care Systems and Health TexasProvider Network. Though Mrs. LeForce is not a judo practitioner herself, she has frequently supported events as a spectator and volunteer.


Jeff LeForce

President of Texas Judo
Dallas, TX

A long time member of Fort Worth Judo Club, Jeff LeForce has served USA Judo in a variety of capacities including being a member of the USA Judo Judicial Committee and serving as President of Texas Judo, one of the largest state organizations in the country. He is also a third degree black belt who competed on the national level as an athlete. LeForce is currently a partner in the legal firm of Patton Boogs


Jim Peterson

President of Wisconsin Judo
Milwaukee, WI

Jim Peterson currently serves as the head Sensei at Wahadachi Judo Club. Avidly involved in USA Judo, he has competed and medaled in the Masters categories at the National Championships multiple times. He currently serves as President of Wisconsin Judo and has assisted on various committees for USA Judo. He also coached his son, Josh Peterson who was a National Champion and a US Team member.

Tom Seabasty

A Level Referee
Colonia, NJ

Tom Seabasty is well known for his contributions in both coaching and refereeing. Seabasty , an A Level referee, served as a referee at the World Championships and several other prestigious international events. He has also had a successful dojo, Seabasty's Judo,  for many years where competitors such as Mike Swain have been known to train. As a retired police officer, he continues to give back to the community  as well as the judo community through coaching, his financial support and his involvement in the multiple judo events.

Bert Mackey

National Masters Champion
Seattle, WA

Bert Mackey actively supports USA Judo on many levels. Well known as a multiple time National Masters Champion and former elite athlete, he has served on the USA Judo Junior Development and the Masters Committees, as well as coaching and managing with the US Team. Mackey also served as President of Washington State Judo. He currently the Sensei at Budokan where he has coached athletes such as 4x Olympian Sandra Bacher and Olympic alternate Michael Barnes.


Joon Chi

Olympic Referee
Edina, MN 

Joon Chi is best known as one of the top referees in the world. He has participated in virtually every US national competition often as the head refereee. On the international level his participation includes the multiple Olympic Games, Paralympics, World Championships, World University Games, Panamerican Games and Panamerican Championships. He was inducted to the Panamerican Judo Union Hall of Fame in 2009. His contributions to judo also include his past travels where he taught judo seminars  throughout the world. He currently serves on the USA Judo Referees Commission. 


Atilano “AV” Perez

 State Referee
Harlingen, TX

Atilano "AV" Perez is a long time contributor to USA Judo.  He has served as a referee in the State of Texas and also was active with the national training site when it was located in Harlingen. As a fourth degree black belt he has coached judo as well as spent time refereeing in tournaments throughout Texas.


Dr. James Lally

US Team Doctor
Upland, CA

Dr. James Lally is a long time and highly respected supporter of the Olympic movement. Dr. Lally serves as president of Chino Youth Boxing, Chairman of the International Shooting Sports Federation Medical Committee, is involved with the International Olympic Committee Medical Committee, and has served as the team physician for the United States Olympic Shooting Team since 1993. Professionally he has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Chino Valley Medical Center and as the President of the American Osteopathic Foundation. Lally has a passion for supporting amateur sports including judo. 

Jerry Cypert

Coach & Referee

Fox Lake, WI

Jerry Cypert is a 5th degree Black Belt in Judo. He started his martial arts training in the art of Judo in 1961. He is currently head coach at Hogosha Judo Club in Wisconsin.  As well as coaching students, Cypert regularly supports USA Judo through his attendance at national events, various meetings and on the mat as a referee. 

Andrew Connelly

Coach & Referee
Spring, TX

An 8th degree black belt instructor, Andrew Connelly, is a life long martial artist who has served both as an Army Ranger Instructor and a Houston police officer. His contributions to USA Judo include refereeing, Lifetime Membership and coaching at multiple national and international events with his students. He currently serves as the Chief Instructor of the School of Hard Knocks in Spring, Texas.  The school has produced multiple national medalist and continues to thrive.


Edie Connelly

 Coach & Referee
Spring, TX

Edie Connelly is national referee and 5th degree black belt that currently coaches at the successful School of Hard Knocks in Spring, Texas. A faithful donor to USA Judo, Edie also is a Lifetime Member. Professionally her accomplishments include serving as an elected judge for Montgomery County. Her experience on the bench was preceded by her work as a Detective Sergeant with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. She continues to give back to the community by coaching youth in the sport of judo.


 Pete Catlos
Peter Catlos

National Masters Medalist

Ft. Gratiot, MI

Pete Catlos has been active in the sport of judo for close to 15 years. As a student of Sensei Noboru Saito and Sensei Jerry Wee he has experienced significant success in the national Masters competitions. He is also active as a referee at the local level.  Catlos is a regular supporter of USA Judo through his financial contributions as well as his attendance at national and international events as a spectator and a competitor.

Eric Spears

Eric Spears
National Coach and Referee
Chevy Chase, MD

Eric Spears is the former President of Maryland Judo. Active in judo for many years he is a certified National Coach,  a Referee and Class A Instructor. Mr. Spears has also regularly supported USA Judo through attending some of our events as a contributor including the World Cup. He is currently a Yodan and an instructor at College Park Judo Club.
Leo White

Leo White
Olympian and USA Judo Board of Directors
Atlanta, GA

Leo White.